Twenty Thousand Hertz

A lovingly crafted podcast that reveals the stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds.

Music
Society & Culture
Arts
51
Mind the Gap
Stand clear of the closing doors, please.
32 min
52
Hidden Hitmakers
Who writes the hits for the pop stars?
30 min
53
Happy Little Episode
How a soft-spoken, poofy-haired painter changed the world, one gentle word at a time.
41 min
54
Pirate Radio
How a group of scrappy radio pirates changed the course of music history.
33 min
55
Being Dallas Taylor
What’s in a name?
40 min
56
Sul Sul
The secrets of Simlish, the gibberish language of The Sims.
25 min
57
Aural Exam
The hosts of Underunderstood go head to head in our annual Mystery Sound game.
37 min
58
HBO 2.0
How HBO reconciled its analog past with its digital future.
25 min
59
It's Not TV. It's HBO.
How HBO crafted two of the most iconic pieces of sonic branding in history.
23 min
60
Zzzzzzzzzzzrr...
If you live with a snorer, it can be tricky to roll out of bed after a night of little sleep.
40 min
61
Creature Speakers
How do you voice over 200 monsters?
26 min
62
Video(less) Games
The ins and outs of gaming without sight.
24 min
63
Blind Sports
Keep your ears on the ball.
21 min
64
Listening to the Movies
Hearing is believing.
27 min
65
Sonic Bubbles
Self-control through sound control.
24 min
66
Domestic Symphony
What happens when dryers and dishwashers get the sound design treatment?
22 min
67
The Windsor Hum
Cracking the case of a sonic mystery.
13 min
68
The Buzzer
Tuning in to spy radio.
31 min
69
Stay Tuned
The new voices of the Looney Tunes.
25 min
70
Prop 'til You Drop
The secret tools of Foley Artists.
21 min
71
Foley Artists
The secrets behind the subtle art of Foley.
20 min
72
The Leaky Pipeline
A story within a story about pioneering women in audio.
25 min
73
Auditory Icons
Why are some device sounds pleasing, while others stress us out?
16 min
74
Progression Obsession
From Pachelbel's Canon, to the Ice Cream Changes, to the Four Chords, we examine the most-used chord changes in pop music.
25 min
75
SM7
How the Shure SM7 became one of the most game-changing vocal microphones of all time.
22 min